By MELISSA CROCKETT MESKE
With plans for completion this June, Belleville’s new police headquarters will provide a centralized location within a modern facility.
The updated site will house a modern forensics laboratory and evidence processing facility, a first floor sally port for the safe, accessible and secure transfer of detainees and a new 911 Dispatch center.
IMPACT Strategies, Inc. of Fairview Heights is serving as construction manager and general contractor on the project. The Lawrence Group provided architectural services.
Will Stajduhar, project manager for IMPACT, said the new facility will provide Belleville’s police department with the latest in facilities and accessibility, and will feature many modernizations including advanced security technologies and interview rooms with enhanced audio-video capabilities.
Located at 720 W. Main St. in the former Bank of Belleville building, renovations to the existing three-story building included adding roughly 3,600 square feet for the sally port and an additional nearly 1,400 square feet for the 911 Dispatch center. The new detention space will provide 15 holding cells.
Additions and renovations to the building feature materials such as new extended-wear carpeting, high-impact epoxy finishes on floors and walls, ceramic tile, fresh paint and drywall, new lighting throughout and a brick veneer exterior.
There will also be a separate structure constructed on-site to store and maintain the department’s fleet of vehicles. The garage will be located on South Seventh Street, adjacent to the new police headquarters.
Construction on these first two phases of the city of Belleville’s three-phase public building improvement project began back in June 2015.
The third phase involves upgrades and renovations to approximately 35,000 square feet of City Hall; anticipated completion is spring 2017. Total project costs for all three phases are anticipated to be approximately $18.5 million, with approximately $10.5 million for the first two phases.